Trump-Kim Singapore summit

Trump-Kim summit: The making of a last-minute meeting in Singapore

US President Donald Trump (right) walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Singapore on Sentosa island, on June 12, 2018.
US President Donald Trump (right) walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Singapore on Sentosa island, on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shake hands ahead of their historic summit at the Capella Singapore, on June 12, 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shake hands ahead of their historic summit at the Capella Singapore, on June 12, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Workers setting up rooms at the F1 Pit Building, which was converted into a media centre for over 2,500 journalists who covered the summit. Mr Kim's decision to visit Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge (above) on Monday night was
Security was extremely tight during the Trump-Kim summit in Sentosa.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
Workers setting up rooms at the F1 Pit Building, which was converted into a media centre for over 2,500 journalists who covered the summit. Mr Kim's decision to visit Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge (above) on Monday night was
Police officers moving barricades ahead of the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Changi Airport last Sunday.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Workers setting up rooms at the F1 Pit Building, which was converted into a media centre for over 2,500 journalists who covered the summit. Mr Kim's decision to visit Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge (above) on Monday night was
Workers setting up rooms at the F1 Pit Building, which was converted into a media centre for over 2,500 journalists who covered the summit.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Security was extremely tight during the Trump-Kim summit in Sentosa.
Mr Kim’s decision to visit Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge (above) on Monday night was unexpected.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Workers setting up rooms at the F1 Pit Building, which was converted into a media centre for over 2,500 journalists who covered the summit. Mr Kim's decision to visit Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge (above) on Monday night was
Public officers preparing more than 2,500 goodie bags for journalists at the international media centre.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Two unpredictable protagonists, a short lead time and the sensitive nature of the summit. Setting up the rendezvous between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was no simple feat. Tham Yuen-C, Seow Bei Yi and Ng Jun Sen look at what went into planning and hosting the history-making moment.

It is Tuesday night, and immigration officials and airport staff are preparing for the impending departure of one VIP - with two red carpets.

Four passenger jets sit on the tarmac at Changi Airport's VIP complex: two Air China Boeing 747s and two Air Koryo Ilyushins.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'The making of a last-minute meeting'. Print Edition | Subscribe